In his early twenties, Andy was a
typical student, midway through
earning a Sports Science degree.
When life took a series of sudden
turns, he made the radical decision
to give it all up and set off to Asia to
become a Buddhist monk.
Over the next decade, Andy studied as a
lay-person and novice monk in the
traditions of South East Asia, and then took
full ordination in the Kagyu Lineage of Tibet.
This life-affirming journey led to another
when Andy returned to the UK with just one
goal in mind: to demystify meditation and
make it accessible to all. After several years
in private practice, Andy had a chance
meeting with co-founder Rich Pierson.
Together they created a vision for bringing
meditation to people everywhere.
Headspace launched in 2010 as an events
company, and the Headspace app soon
followed. Now reaching a community of
nearly 30 million users in 190 countries
through this platform, Andy, Rich and the
dedicated team at Headspace are delivering
on their mission to improve happiness and
health around the world.
Andy lives in Santa Monica, California,
with his wife and two children.
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ADDRESS: A Healthy Partnership - A Meditation and Mental Fitness Case Study
Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk and co-founder of Headspace, will kick-off the session with a guided meditation, and then share how Headspace’s partnership with the NBA will bring co-created original content and mental wellness resources to NBA fans, players and league employees through the popular meditation app. Andy will also discuss how mindfulness and meditation are being incorporated into training programs for elite athletes, helping reduce stress, increase focus, improve recovery and provide that extra edge against the competition.